Semporna, located in Tawau Division of Sabah, is a well known gateway to beautiful islands such as Mabul, Sipadan, Kapalai, Mataking, and Pom Pom. Semporna town was founded soon after the establishment of Sandakan town by British North Borneo Company, which the name means place of rest or place to settle.
The town is mainly populated by Bajau ethnic community, also known as the Sea Gypsies. Most of them live in sprawling stilt villages over the sea water on the outskirt of the town, or live inside their traditional Lepa boats.
My stay on Semporna was short, just merely about 16 hours including an overnight as the trip to the town was totally impromptu. It happened when I decided to drop by at the town while traveling back from Tawau to Sandakan. Looking at the geographical location of the town, it is possible to catch a sunrise at the jetty if the timing is correct, hence I decided to wake up early in the morning and spend some time at the local town before I continued my journey to Sandakan. Here are some images of what I have seen in 2 hours at Semporna.
5.15 am: Jetty
6.20 am: Local morning market
The Bajau ethnics transporting goods for sell or purchased goods, between their home and the local market by using their boats.
7.00 am: Dragon Inn Floating Resort
Kodak Ektar 100
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